Does this Project Article Need a Follow Up Video Tutorial? Let me know…
Sometimes (well actually… a lot of the times) I like to think outside of the box when I’m working with polymer clay. For example, instead of using my Shape Makers Leaf Cutters (Studio by Sculpey tools) for making leaves, I decided instead to use them for creating a beautiful Butterfly Wing pendant.
This ‘cane’ was then flattened with an acrylic roller, to about 1/4″ in thickness, and slightly larger than the Gingko Leaf cutter from the Studio by Sculpey Shape Makers set in this photo to the right >>>>>
A simple bulls eye cane of pink and blue Studio clay was then created; Cut into thin slices; Layered onto the cane slab and rolled into the surface. These bullseye cane slices become the spots on the butterfly wings, so a little thought should go into their placement and arrangement.
The texture plate that came with the leaf cutter was used to press veins into the wings’ surfaces, after which the cutter was used to cut out the wing shape.
Baking on a bed of cornstarch allowed the piece to end up with a gentle, natural looking curve.
After baking, a grommet was added, as well as an antique finish to bring out the depth of the veining.
I have received several compliments when wearing this piece. It’s large enough to get noticed, unique enough to get asked about and simple enough to wear often.
I really liked making it and am debating whether or not to film a follow up video tutorial. Anyone interested or did I give you enough information in this article?